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About Al Dente
Al Dente is serving Italian Cuisine by Chef Roberto Donna near American University.
Washington, DC 20016
Hours of Operation:
11:30AM to 10:00PM Daily
$30 and under
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Free Parking weeknights from 5:00PM and all day Saturday & Sunday.
50% OFF weekdays before 5:00PM.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Al Dente Ratings and Reviews
I was very disappointed by my experience at Al Dente. I planned a dinner date to catch up with a friend and by the time I arrived, I was starving. There was no one at the concierge to take me to my table which was unprofessional.
I also had to ask the waiter to bring us with bread...which was being provided to everyone else around us. This was 15 minutes after seating and the restaurant was basically empty so this should not have been a problem. The bread was very mediocre as well as the olive oil.
About 15 minutes after ordering, my friend receives her meal, brought out by a server. The server put her plate down and said nothing at all to me to assure my food was on its way. Then we proceeded to wait another 25 minutes for my pizza to arrive BUT this was only after my asking the waiter if my food was coming out anytime soon. The other tables around us received their food in a timely manner.
Overall, as the only person of color in the restaurant and amongst the staff, I felt that my skin color certainly played into the quality of service and respect provided to me. I do not recommend Al Dente and will never again spend my money there.
We had eaten at Al Dente before for lunch and at early dinners with grandchildren and enjoyed our meals. The food is good, but the service Friday night was absent minded (drinks only came a very long time after being ordered and only after we flagged down a nearby server) and slow. I’d go back for an early dinner, but never again at 7pm or later. Way too noisy and the the service was not adequate for the crowd.
Service was OK and the music was a weird pop montage, but he food was very good.
We were there for an early dinner with our daughter who attends AU, which is practically across the street. We were seated promptly and drinks taken quickly but not delivered promptly. Same with the order, we even received the appetizers in reasonable time, but he entrees then took close to 40 minutes. We ordered three deserts with one of them to be boxed, but the kitchen boxed all three.
Good area/local restaurant. Food is prepared fine so if I was visiting a friend close by I might come back.Entrees are priced too high for what you get. I will not look to frequent so often, if at all, if I was not visiting a friend who lived in that neighborhood.
It seems to have gone down in value since you first opened, when we used to come more often.
We had a 6:30 PM Friday reservation for 3 and were 5 minutes early. Restaurant was busier than I had ever seen it. Party of 3 in front of us who did not have a reservation were seated at a table in the "dining" area. We were seated at an "extra" table put in the entry outside of the dining area, next to the hostess "desk" and near the bar and door. Asked for another table but was told there were none. Result: cold night with open door so we- especially child in our party - were very cold. People who wanted to make cell phone calls and couldn't in the dining area just stood next to our table to make them. Staff even stood around our table talking. Before our food was served the table next to us opened up; when I asked if we could move to it I was told it was reserved at which point the hostess went to her "desk" and took a RESERVED sign to put on the table. I reminded her we had a reservation but then our food came and I gave up since it was clear she wasn't going to do anything anyway. On top of this, service was terrible. E.G. two of us ordered a pizza to share. They put the entire pizza in front of me with no plates. I asked for two plates. They handed me the two plates but did not move the pizza leaving no place to put the plate so we had to do the table rearranging. More water? Forget about it. Separate checks asked for twice - are you kidding? What should have happened from the start? The hostess should place people without a reservation in the less desirable tables - not people with reservations. If she made a mistake in not doing this and it was too late, she should have apologized. Will I go back? I live next door to Al Dente but I doubt I will return. This was a really bad dining experience for a decent amount of money. So if you have a reservation - be forewarned. It may not make much of a difference about where you sit or how you are treated or served.
We used to eat there a lot, but were disappointed with this latest experience. They were
extremely disorganized and understaffed. They really need to have 2 bartenders and more service staff. Drinks and food took forever and they did not bring out the courses in the right order. They profusely apologized, but it ruined the evening.
Might have been an off night for the Chef but the halibut was not very good and the lamb chops were burnt. My family who ordered pasta said the pasta was fine. It also took forever for the food to come. Our waitress apologized several times -- still no excuse for how long it took.
We went for the Campania Dinner after many years ago living in Naples for two years. We were so impressed with the food and wines that we invited a friend to the tasting menu at lunch. She too had lived in Naples with us many years ago. All three of us greatly enjoyed lunch. We will be back! Thank you for cooking authentic Italian meals.
While we have frequently dined at Al Dente, this experience will have us staying away for a long, long time, maybe forever. The service was sooo bad we left after receiving the wrong order after an hour. The server, apparently, was clueless. We ordered drinks and they never came. Our salads did. OK, we will live. Wine ordered was produced, and then we waited, and waited. The couple next to us who had arrived and ordered after us were served. Requests to the server went nowhere. Talking to the (apparently temporary)manager finally (after over an hour) got us served. We had requested the gorgonzolla pizza and we got something else entirely. Finally, in disgust and hunger, we left. Appalling experience. Do not go!
Waitress couldn't care less about us. She kept getting our order mixed up. Two of the four main dishes came 20 minutes later. We had to bring manager over twice. He offered a free glass of wine or dessert, which we weren't interested in. Waitress never apologized. Would never go back.
I have not had such an over-priced lunch in a very long time. My order of an arugula salad plus salmon, iced tea, and coffee (and a similar order by my dining companion) came to more than $60 including tip. The salad was simply a large quantity of arugula, a few chips of parmesan, and a very small piece of salmon. No wonder this restaurant is always empty at lunch.
First off, we were here early at about 545 on a Monday night. Not crowded at all. But then we try to avoid the prime time. Good selection of wines and across all price points. After a nice bottle of wine we tried the meatball appetizer that we all enjoyed. Family thoroughly enjoyed the prosciutto rucola pizza and the scallops which were cooked perfectly. The veal scallopine was excellent. Ending with an excellent chocolate cake and lemoncello. Amanda was excellent as our server, attentive and efficient. Park in the large parking lot in back, get your ticket validated by the hostess as its free from 5 on weekdays and all day saturday and sunday. Think they validate 50% if there on weekday before 5 for lunch. Seems as if they have a younger happy hour crowd and then it turns over for dinner. A little pricey but it's worth it.
Excellent meal at Al Dente. Fabulous waitress Amanda. Great bottle of wine, Montepulciano from a very extensive wine list. Appetizer we shared the white lentil soup and a board of sliced Italian hams, bread olives. Entrees I had the Rissotto with shrimp, lobster and crab meat. Date date the grilled, large sardines. Great food, prices!
The service was great but we felt there were fewer options for those who don't eat pork, beef or lamb. The chicken panini with tomato sauce is a holdover from last year and is very messy and the tomato sauce overwhelms it. Perhaps offer a nice, simple chicken sandwich with a tomato slice and a little mayo or pesto on good bread or roll? But the desserts were great.
Afraid they have slipped. This used to be a very reliable place for a nice Italian dinner. Our food the other night was so-so with little flavor or imagination. The veal entree was served with onions only; the lemon chicken tasted little of lemon; the veal scallopini was tasteless and served with some weird asparagus wrapped with too much ham, cheese and tomato wrap. Also, we all agreed that the prices were too high although the portions are well-sized. All in all, the best part of the were the cocktails and wine. Won't go back.
The mother's day menu was a great choice and a great deal for $40 per person. The consistent issues with Al Dente are the service and the local patrons that appear weekend nights and let their kids take over. The food is consistent and the prices are relatively good. But I'd rather order in then have to hop over another child to get to my seat.
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